Insights Lecture Series

Insights is a design lecture series for progressive creatives. A unique collaboration between the Walker Art Center and AIGA Minnesota, the series embraces the unexpected to present diverse, exploratory, and contemporary lecturers.
Featuring perspectives from around the world, Insights avoids TED-style talks and portfolio presentations in favor of giving voice to adventurous design thinkers and makers. These designers often pose challenges and push the edges of their profession, in turn inspiring us to identify new perspectives in our own work.
Past lectures are archived at


7:00 each Tuesday in March at the Walker Cinema



The 2017 Series

In 2017, we’ll take you inside the creative team of one of the world’s largest tech companies, through the looking glass with a color-blind illustrator, past the hand-painted signs on the streets of Manila, and behind the scenes at one of world’s most anarchic mainstream brands.

March 7
Rob Giampietro
is the Creative Lead and Design Manager at Google Design as well as a designer, writer, and professor.
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March 14
Andy Rementer
is an illustrator and painter whose work has been featured in a number of high-profile brands and publications, from Apartamento magazine to the New York Times, Wired to Lacoste.
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March 21
The Office of Culture and Design
, a studio based in Manila, is a social practice platform for artists, designers, writers, and assorted projects in the developing world.
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March 28
Richard Turley
 is a creative director at Wieden + Kennedy. Wherever he goes, he figures out a way to not have to play by the rules.
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Post-Lecture Reception

Directly following each lecture, meet the lecturer and chat with fellow design lovers in the Walker’s new Bazinet Main Lobby.

Watch Anywhere: Insights Viewing Parties

Every Insights lecture will be webcast free and in real time on Facebook Live.

If you can’t make it in person, have an Insights Viewing Party. Grab a group of friends and send in your questions for the speakers via Twitter (#Insights17). Download our 2017 Insights Viewing Party Kit to get started.



All past lectures archived at

Highlights of past lectures include:

Job Wouters—better known as Letman—is a practitioner of the lost art of psychedelic and delirious penmanship, a letterer who’s precisely honed technique hides behind a world of unbridled alphabetic experimentation. Creating wildly unique work that nods to the past but transcends vernacular nostalgia, Wouters operates between illustration, graffiti, painting, and graphic design. The Amsterdam-based designer has worked for clients such as the New York Times Magazine, Audi, Tommy Hilfiger, Heineken, and Duvel, creating editorial illustrations, fabric prints, posters, typefaces, site-specific murals, and even body-paint designs. He is the recipient of numerous design awards and his first monograph was released by Gestalten publishing in 2012. He was recently commissioned by the Walker to create a mural. Wouters will perform his hand-lettering technique live during the Insights lecture.

Casey Caplowe is a three-time finalist for the National Magazine Awards, Good is a diverse enterprise with a printed magazine, a Web platform, and a convener of events. With the tagline, “For People Who Give a Damn,” Good has become a catalyst for more socially engaged thinking around issues of health, food, the environment, and design. The Los Angeles–based Casey Caplowe is a cofounder of Good and serves as creative director. Part of Insights 2011 Design Lecture Series.

Peter Buchanan-Smith is a New York–based designer, author, and entrepreneur whose career has included designing book jackets for Farrar, Strauss, and Giroux; art direction of the New York Times Op-Ed page; creative direction for Paper magazine; and work for fashion icon Isaac Mizrahi, musical legends David Byrne, Brian Eno, Philip Glass, and the band Wilco. He is the author of several books, including The Wilco Book, and he has collaborated on many others, including Strunk and White’s classic The Elements of Style with illustrator Maira Kalman, and Muhammad Ali by Magnum Photographers. His first tome, Speck: A Curious Collection of Uncommon Things—which originated as a thesis project at the School of Visual Arts, where he also teaches—explores the fascinating lives of ordinary people and commonplace objects. This connection between people and objects is also at the heart of Buchanan-Smith’s latest venture, Best Made Co., a purveyor of bespoke axes that offers not only a finely crafted tool but an entrée into the symbolic world conjured by the object and summoned by its owner (adventure, hard work, balance, and so on). Part of Insights 2010 Design Lecture Series.

James Goggin established Practise, a London-based studio that garnered acclaim for its work with clients such as Tate Modern, Channel 4, Artangel, and the Design Museum. He was art director of the British music magazine The Wire, has served as tutor at the Werkplaats Typografie in the Netherlands and at ECAL in Switzerland, and has written for publications such as Dot, Dot, Dot. In 2010, Goggin became director of design, print, and digital media at Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art. Part of Insights 2011 Design Lecture Series.

Irma Boom is widely hailed as one of the world’s leading designers and has been making books of conceptual rigor, technical virtuosity, and material inventiveness since founding her practice in Amsterdam in 1991. Boom is the youngest laureate to receive the Gutenberg Prize for her body of work. Among her many design awards and honors is the Leipzig Book Fair’s prestigious designation of Weaving as Metaphor, a book about artist Sheila Hicks, as the “most beautiful book in the world.” Whether by expanding her role as a designer by also acting as editor or archivist, or through experiments with paper, binding, color, typography, and image, Boom’s approach consistently produces books with unique visual and tactile experiences. Her varied clientele includes museums and galleries, such as the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam, the Boijmans Van Beuningen, and de Appel, as well as manufacturers and retailers like Vitra and Camper, organizations such as the United Nations and the Netherlands Architecture Institute, and design collaborations with Petra Blaisse of Inside Outside. Part of Insights 2010 Design Lecture Series.

Aaron Draplin makes his home in Portland, Oregon, but is more a product of being born, raised, and educated in the Midwest. A native of Detroit, he studied graphic design at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design before heading out west to work as art director of Snowboarder magazine. He founded Draplin Design Company (DDC) in 2004, producing a wide range of award-winning projects and developing products for businesses such as Coal Headwear; board designs for Ride, Forum, and Gnu; conceiving Field Notes journals with Coudal Partners in Chicago; and the array of merchandise for the DDC brand enterprise. Draplin’s iconic forms and bold designs are steeped in a no-nonsense Midwestern vernacular and work ethic. They project an authenticity and attitude that seems inseparable from his self-deprecating personality and his clients’ passions, reflected in the DDC motto, “Work hard and do good work for good people.” Part of Insights 2012 Design Lecture Series.